THE ABC OF PROTEIN POWDERS…
WY? asked Kris Etheridge, celebrity personal trainer and health and fitness contributor for Cosmo magazine, to give us the lowdown on the plethora of protein powders available…
Firstly, the three most important things to take into consideration are:
1. The amount of sugar in the product – There should be no more than 2 g of sugar per 30 g serve especially if losing weight is your main goal.
2. The quality of the protein used in the product – Whey protein isolate (WPI) and Whey protein concentrate (WPC) are the best choices. They have the highest protein values and are absorbed very well by the body. If you’re vegan opt for pea protein or brown rice protein.
3. Check that the product your buying is natural and has nothing artificial in it. Many protein powders are full of cheap fillers and all sorts of artificial ingredients that will do you more harm than good, so keep it natural.
The top three picks:
Best protein powder – WPI Naked Whey
Protein powders should contain the highest protein possible and are designed to be added to smoothies with berries, flaxseed oil etc. I like this product because it’s natural, 98.2% pure protein, the dairy cows are grass fed (hormone free) and contains nothing artificial including no fillers or artificial sweeteners. It has less than 1g of sugar per serve, made by an Australian company and is one of the best tasting protein powders on the market!
Best meal replacement -180 Natural Protein Super food
Like the WPI Naked Whey this product is all-natural, contains nothing artificial and has less than
1g of sugar per serve. Based on the Paleo diet principal, this meal replacement is known as a natural protein superfood and loaded with fibre. Gluten free (GF) and also available in a vegan approved version. Meal replacements are designed to be just as the name implies, essentially they are a meal on their own. Due to this, meal replacement powders will contain more calories, carbs and fats and slightly less protein per serve.
Best protein powder for vegans – Sunwarrior Fermented Rice Protein
Attaining adequate protein levels in a vegan diet can be challenging. Sunwarrior Classic Protein has the highest amount of (non soy) raw, whole-grain sprouted, vegan protein of any product available. It is sugar free, contains all the essential and non-essential amino acids and can be easily absorbed and added to almost anything.